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Faculty Award Winners
  Faculty Award Winners (L-R): D. Scott DeRue, Michael Gordon, Dean Robert Dolan, Bill Lovejoy,
Gautam Ahuja, Paul Clyde, Catherine Shakespeare, Lu Zhang, Srinivasaraghavan Sriram

Ross Faculty Honored with Annual Awards

4/23/2010 --

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — With each Spring Commencement, the Ross School of Business honors the year's outstanding faculty members. The list of scholars cited in 2010 for exceptional research, teaching, and service follows.

The Andy Andrews Distinguished Faculty Service Award
Paul Clyde, adjunct professor of business economics and public policy

Professor Clyde serves as academic director of the Part-time MBA Program and also is a research fellow at the William Davidson Institute. His research focuses on theory of the firm and organization within the firm. Clyde's innovations are seen throughout Ross: He recently developed a new business economics elective course on organization of business relationships, and transformed the independent projects course into a formal MAP offering for Evening MBAs. Clyde continues to work on issues of education and healthcare in emerging markets, particularly India and Uganda. The Andrews award was created as a lasting memorial to the late Andy Andrews, a beloved Ross professor who embodied the spirit both of service benefiting others and distinguishment.

Arnold M. and Linda T. Jacob Faculty Research Award
Srinivasaraghavan Sriram, assistant professor of marketing

The Jacobs established this award to provide resources for a faculty member to reach beyond the comfort zone of incremental findings, take risks, and explore new ideas. Professor Sriram's research interests include dynamics of brand preferences, consumer adoption of technology products, understanding the drivers of buyer-seller relationship in business-to-business markets, consumer learning, and spatial competition between retail outlets. He utilizes advanced econometric models to understand how consumers make decisions and investigate issues related to strategic decision-making. His cutting-edge research has been published in journals such as Marketing Science, Management Science, the Journal of Consumer Research, and the Journal of Marketing. Sriram's work is at the cutting edge of structural modeling, exploring managerially relevant issues in technology products and consumer packaged goods. He joined Ross from the University of Connecticut in 2008 after receiving his PhD from Purdue in 2004.

The Bank One Corporation Assistant Professor of Business Administration
D. Scott DeRue, assistant professor of management and organizations

This one-year appointment recognizes promising junior faculty conducting high-potential scholarly research. Professor DeRue has authored or co-authored more than 15 journal articles that have appeared in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Personnel Psychology. His research seeks to understand how leaders and teams in organizations adapt, lead, and develop. DeRue was awarded the 2008 S. Rains Wallace Dissertation Research Award, a highly competitive, high-status award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He also was recently invited to serve on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Psychology and the Academy of Management Learning and Education Journal.

The CORE Award
Bill Lovejoy, Raymond T. Perring Family Professor of Business Administration; professor of operations and management science
This award is presented to a faculty member who has made creative, substantive, and high-impact contributions to the research environment at Ross. It is not given every year. For Professor Lovejoy, the award comes in recognition of his ongoing efforts to elevate the research focus of the operations and management science department to include strategic issues, such as supply chain design and product strategy. He also continues to mine research opportunities from practice rather than literature &#8212 and has cultivated the use of innovative methodologies to better address real-world problems. In addition, Lovejoy has recruited and created a vibrant research and learning community that is recognized as one of the best departments of its kind. His own research focuses on managing across functional boundaries, innovation, and healthcare. In the area of innovation, his "Integrated Product Development" course has been covered by CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.

Researcher of the Year
Lu Zhang, professor of finance

Award winners must make substantial research contributions in the last three calendar years, and Professor Zhang has achieved a high level of research productivity and a lengthy citation record. While most of Lu's research has focused on asset pricing, some of his recent work examines the intersection of asset pricing and corporate finance. A recent paper, "Value Premium," won the prestigious Smith-Breeden award for best paper published in the Journal of Finance in 2005. The findings of his forthcoming paper, "A Better Three-factor Model that Explains More Anomalies," were featured in the October 2009 issue of SmartMoney. Zhang joined Ross in 2006 from the University of Rochester's William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration.

The Sanford R. Robertson Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Catherine Shakespeare, PricewaterhouseCoopers-Norm Auerbach Assistant Professor of Accounting
Professor Shakespeare joined Ross as an assistant professor in 2002 after receiving her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has been on an impressive research trajectory for the past several years with publications in top accounting journals. Her work is important to academic research and practice because it addresses how decision-makers actually use accounting information. She looks at the unintended negative consequences of mandated accounting rules, and addresses important policy implications. Shakespeare testified last summer before the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (the regulatory board created by Sarbanes-Oxley), drawing upon her expertise in the accounting and economics of securitizations. The Sanford R. Robertson Assistant Professor in Business Administration was established to recognize early career achievement and outstanding performance in research and teaching.

Senior Faculty Research Award
Gautam Ahuja, Harvey C. Fruehauf Professor of Business Administration; professor of strategy

Professor Ahuja's research on social networks and innovation has made extraordinary contributions to strategy literature. He has won several international awards for his research, including the Free Press Award for outstanding research in strategy, the Sage-Pondy and West Publishing Awards for organization theory, and the Best Dissertation Award from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. The quality and impact of his research has made Ahuja a highly visible intellectual leader in the field. He serves as a senior associate editor at Organization Science and regularly participates in doctoral consortia and other prestigious panels at the annual Academy of Management meeting. Ahuja has played a leading role in building and maintaining a strong research environment at Ross and continues to engage in high-impact, interdisciplinary research while serving as strategy area chair.

The Victor L. Bernard Teaching Leadership Award
Michael Gordon, professor of business information technology

The teaching leadership award was established in 1994 to honor the memory of Professor Victor Bernard. The award recognizes one's broad range of teaching endeavors, work with PhD students, outstanding course design, and work with colleagues. Professor Gordon's teaching and research addresses solving societal problems in the areas of poverty, healthcare, education, and the environment through enterprise. He has taught at the undergraduate, MBA, PhD, and executive levels and is a founding member of a cross-campus group on innovative teaching. He spoke about innovative curricular efforts related to social business for audiences at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the Aspen Institute, and the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. Professor Gordon holds a Thurnau professorship, awarded annually to a University faculty member making outstanding contributions to undergraduate education.

Neary Teaching Excellence Awards
The Neary Teaching Excellence Awards are selected by the Ross student body in recognition of outstanding contributions to their academic learning experience at Ross. All awards are presented at the respective program's commencement celebrations. The stipends that accompany the Teaching Excellence Awards are made possible with the generosity of Robert D. Neary, BBA '55, and Janet E. Neary, AB. Mr. Neary's career spanned 38 years with Ernst & Young, and both he and Mrs. Neary have been actively involved with the University since graduation. The Nearys' support of these awards affirms their belief that teaching excellence is largely "the ability to make the pursuit of knowledge an exciting endeavor ... the kind of excitement that is contagious and long-lasting."

MBA and PhD: Gautam Ahuja, Harvey C. Fruehauf Professor of Business Administration and professor of strategy
Professor Ahuja's research focuses on social networks and innovation.

MAcc: James DeSimpelare, lecturer of accounting
Professor DeSimpelare's research focuses on taxation and fixed income analysis.

Global MBA: Wallace Hopp, Herrick Professor of Manufacturing; professor of operations and management science
Professor Hopp's research interests include design, control, and management of production, supply chain, and work systems.

Executive MBA: M.P. Narayanan, Robert Morrison Hoffer Professor of Business Administration; professor of finance
Professor Narayanan's current research explores corporate governance. He also has worked on various corporate financial topics such as corporate scope, managerial behavior, and management compensation.

BBA and Evening MBA: Eric Svaan, lecturer of operations and management science
Professor Svaan's research examines quality learning in advanced manufacturing, service operations analysis, and manufacturing product/process portfolio management.


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Bernie DeGroat, (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847,